Residents of Aflao in the Ketu South Municipality of the Volta Region have lamented the closure of two courts in the area, describing it as neglect of the country’s busiest border town.
The residents said the closure of the courts, which served a huge population of Aflao and its adjoining communities had brought difficulty in accessing justice.
The Chief Justice, Sophia A. B. Akuffo ordered for the closure of Aflao District Court and Aflao Circuit Court effective March 31, 2019 and further directed that all pending cases at the closed courts be transferred to Keta Circuit Court and Agbozume District Court for continuation.
The Chief Justice’s directive followed an earlier warning in October last year, to close down lower courts that were in deplorable condition and not conducive for justice delivery.
The road to the Aflao Circuit Court at Guta-Akporkploe is in a deplorable state and the structure itself, in a sorry state, while the Aflao District Court, adjacent to the Aflao Police Station has no washroom for the judge and staff.
A Commander at the Denu District Police, Wisdom K. Diaba, said the closure of the courts was impacting negatively on their operation because they spent more on fuel and travelled longer distances to get to courts at Keta and Agbozume.
The Municipal Chief Executive for Ketu South, Elliot Edem Agbenorwu, assured that the Assembly was in talks and cooperating with the judiciary to provide another conducive accommodation for the court to resume its work in the Municipality.